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Niro Investment Group and Bucharest Opera Festival: a partnership dedicated to promoting culture and arts

Niro Investment Group continues its series of partnerships with Romania’s most prestigious cultural events. This time, Niro is proud to be the official partner of the second edition of the Bucharest Opera Festival, an exceptional event taking place from June 16th to June 24th, 2023, on the stage of the Bucharest National Opera.

The Bucharest Opera Festival aims to showcase 9 opera, operetta, ballet, and musical shows, scheduled over 9 consecutive evenings, providing the audience with the opportunity to enjoy extraordinary performances by top orchestras, mixed choirs, ballet companies, renowned soloists, and conductors. Seven opera and musical theaters from Romania, Hungary, and Serbia, along with approximately 1,500 musicians, dancers, and artistic and technical staff, will collaborate to create a unique artistic celebration.

From classical works by Mozart, Puccini, and Bizet to Cole Porter’s musicals, Bucharest Opera Festival 2023 offers a fascinating journey through over two centuries of music history. The festival aims to contribute to positioning Bucharest among the leading cities that organize international music festivals.

Through its partnership with Bucharest Opera Festival, Niro Investment Group continues its efforts to support high-quality cultural projects and events that bring joy and emotion to a wide audience, while also contributing to the promotion of Romanian culture nationally and internationally.

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Public Diplomacy

Niro Investment Group joins AIM HIGHER ROMANIA to support excellence in science and technology

Niro Investment Group is one of the main partners of AIM HIGHER ROMANIA, a series of premiere events dedicated to space exploration, science, and technology, taking place in Bucharest from June 11th to 14th, 2023. AIM HIGHER ROMANIA seeks to inspire the local community through the fascinating story of space exploration and contribute to strengthening the relationship between the United States and Romania.

Through diverse and captivating activities over the course of four days, AIM HIGHER ROMANIA aims to bring the public, especially young people, closer to the wonders of space exploration, while highlighting Romania’s role in the Artemis Program, a collaboration between NASA and the European Space Agency.

 “Through this partnership, Niro Investment Group aims to stimulate innovation, encourage performance and excellence in the fields of technology and space industry, and inspire the younger generation about the career opportunities offered by these innovative domains”, said Clitemnestra Gadea-President of the board of administration Niro Investment S.A.

The first two days will be dedicated to SPACE DAY ROMANIA, an open event where families and students can interact with space heroes, including cosmonaut Dumitru Prunariu, the first and only Romanian to reach space, Nicole Stott, NASA astronaut and the 10th woman in the world to venture into space, and Sara Sabry, the first and only astronaut from Africa. The audience can participate in practical space-related activities, aimed at igniting curiosity and interest among young people.

 “I feel it’s important to inspire through the wonder of space exploration and show it’s possible for anyone to find a pathway to a rewarding career in space. One thing I’m especially excited about is that we’ll also be launching a giant art project with Romanian kids and their families. We can’t wait to bring space to Romania.”, Nicole Stott said.

With the support of Niro Investment Group, Nicole Stott will offer to the participants of the Gala which will take place at Intercontinental Athenee Palace on June 14th,  her book, ‘Back to Earth: What Life in Space Taught Me About Our Home Planet―And Our Mission to Protect It.’ Mrs. Stott invites readers on a journey that includes stories from her time in space and insights from scientists, activists, and changemakers dedicated to addressing our planet’s greatest environmental challenges.

The second day of the event is dedicated to SPACE & TECH INNOVATION SUMMIT, that provides an exclusive platform for industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and investors to discuss space business, investment opportunities, artificial intelligence, diversity and inclusion in the technology and space industry.

The highlight of AIM HIGHER ROMANIA is the AIM HIGHER Gala, which celebrates the cooperation between the United States and Romania, the shared vision of pushing the boundaries of space exploration, and Romania’s role in shaping the future of aeronautics and space research.

This event will highlight the remarkable people and beautiful country of Romania while promoting potential career paths in space and technology. The event will also showcase the latest innovations in these fields. I hope that AIM HIGHER will inspire Romanians to be a part of something exciting, especially since nothing like this was organized before. I am proud and excited to bring NASA astronauts to Romania for the very first time”, Oana Tucker, Founder & CEO, OP Global Events, organizer of AIM HIGHER ROMANIA, said.

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Niro Investment Group, recognized for its contribution to promoting Romanian historical values

Niro Investment Group participated last week in the 31st edition of the “Cristian Popișteanu” symposium, an event dedicated to banking history and civilization, organized by the National Bank of Romania and the Magazin Istoric Cultural Foundation. As a traditional partner of the Magazin Istoric Cultural Foundation for over 10 years, Niro Investment Group actively supports historical research, sponsoring and awarding the most important historical research works in the latest editions of the “Cristian Popișteanu” symposium.

At this year’s edition, Niro Investment Group was awarded the Excellence in Patronage Diploma from the Magazin Istoric Cultural Foundation in recognition of its contribution to the development of historical research in Romania.

The “Cristian Popișteanu” symposium is one of the most important events dedicated to banking history and civilization in Romania. Held over two days (May 4-5, 2023) in the Mitiță Constantinescu Hall and the Marble Hall of the National Bank of Romania, the symposium included a series of presentations and debates on the history and evolution of the banking system in Romania.

The event brought together important figures of the academic, banking, and cultural world in Romania, including Mugur Isărescu – Governor of the National Bank of Romania, academician Ion-Aurel Pop – President of the Romanian Academy, Cristian Păunescu – Advisor to the Governor of the National Bank of Romania, and Dorin Matei – Editor-in-Chief of Magazin Istoric magazine.

Niro Investment Group was represented by Valentin Macovescu, Director of Communication, Image, and Protocol, and Ion Badea, Spokesperson.

On the second day of the event, Niro Investment Group awarded the Magazin Istoric Foundation prizes for the most important historical research works of 2022:

  1. NICOLAE TITULESCU: UN MARE ROMÂN, UN MARE EUROPEAN, UN MARE CONTEMPORAN, by George Potra, Cristina Păiuşan şi Dumitru Preda.
  2. PE MUCHIE DE CUTIT: RELAȚIILE ROMÂNO-SOVIETICE 1965 -1989, by Vasile Buga.
  3. LEUL ÎNFRÂNT. CAZUL GENERALULUI AVIATOR MIHAIL ROMANESCU, by Gheorghe Vartic, Paul Sandachi.
  4. CENTENARUL ÎNCORONĂRII. ALBA IULIA 1922, coordinator: Narcis Dorin Ioan.

The prizes represent a recognition of the valuable contribution that these works bring to the Romanian historical research and reflect Niro Investment Group’s commitment to promoting national values and Romania’s historical culture.

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Hospitality Social

Niro Investment Group joins again the biggest players in the hospitality industry at the TopHotel Conference

Considered the most important annual event in the hospitality sector in Romania, TopHotel Conference & Awards analyzes global trends and their profound impact on the investments and development of the local hotels industry.

This year’s edition, which took place on May 23-24 at the JW Marriott Hotel, was the meeting place for hospitality industry professionals to discuss new trends, analyze existing opportunities and share efficient business strategies. Last but not least, solutions have been identified for the challenges faced by industry professionals in the local hotel market dynamic landscape. Visionary leaders, experienced professionals and local and international investors exchanged valuable ideas during the two days of the event, providing answers to important questions and awarding outstanding projects.

Together with representatives of prestigious hotel brands, Alina Vlădulescu, Deputy Head of Hospitality & Development, Niro Investment Group, participated in the discussion panel on maximizing hotel performance by selecting the optimal partnership model: franchise, management or owner-operator.

The panel provided an excellent opportunity for exploring the pros and cons of different partnership models within the hospitality industry. Participants brought to the fore diverse perspectives based on their valuable industry experience and came up with innovative solutions and ideas for achieving optimal performance in hotel operations.

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Niro Investment Group celebrates Romanian sports performers at the ProSport 2022 Gala

ProSport organized the Great Romanian Sport Achievers Gala, during which the Romanian sports performers in 2022 were awarded, as well as top personalities who contributed to the development of Romanian sports.

A supporter of Romanian sports for over a decade, Niro Investment Group was a partner of the event.

Supporting Romanian performance and achievements in sport is an integral part of Niro Investment Group’s values.

In 2008, Niro Investment Group was the official sponsor of the Romanian Olympic and Sports Committee, supporting the participation of the Romanian team in the Olympic Games in Beijing and subsequently offering prizes to the medal-winning Romanian athletes.

Niro is an official partner and sponsor of the Romanian Handball Federation, actively supporting all national teams for many years.

As an official partner of the Romanian Cycling and Triathlon Federation, Niro annually supports the Cycling Tour of Romania.

Over time, Niro Investment Group also supported the rowing, volleyball and rugby sections of the Dinamo sports club.

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Niro Investment Group – Excellence Award at the Romania-China Chamber of Commerce and Industry Awards Gala

During the annual Gala organized by the Romania-China Chamber of Commerce and Industry, CCIRC rewarded with excellence awards various personalities of political, economic, social and cultural life in Romania, as well as companies that stood out through their tight economic relations with the People’s Republic of China.

The event took place in the presence of E.S. Mr. Han Chunlin – Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China in Bucharest and enjoyed the participation of Romanian and Chinese diplomats, representatives of companies with strong bilateral economic and commercial activities, politicians, representatives of the business environment, cultural personalities, journalists, representatives of civil society.

Niro Investment Group received an award of excellence from the CCIRC National College for its consistent activity, carried out over almost three decades, with a real impact in terms of the development of bilateral economic and commercial relations between Romania and the People’s Republic of China.

Upon receiving the award, Clitemnestra Gâdea, president of the Board of Directors of Niro Investment Group, said:

“We would like to thank the Romania-China Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the award of excellence, which makes us extremely happy and honors us. Niro Investment Group has assumed the role of catalyst for the relations between Romania and the People’s Republic of China for almost three decades through sustained efforts aimed at encouraging the relations between the two countries on all levels: economic, commercial, cultural and social. We are grateful to all our partners who supported us in this endeavor and we are looking forward to starting new projects of common interest, which will contribute to the development of Romanian-Chinese bilateral relations”.

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Niro Investment Group awarded for diversification of the investment portfolio of a company with Romanian capital, at the ZF Gala 2022, the most important business event in Romania

Ziarul Financiar, the most important business publication in Romania, organized on Thursday, November 24, at the JW Marriott Hotel in Bucharest, the ZF 2022 Gala, its yearly landmark event. The Gala, that also celebrated 24 years of existence for ZF, recognized the most valuable companies in Romania, also awarding a series of special prizes to companies that stood out through their performances in various fields.

Partner of the event, Niro Investment Group joined the champions of business performance, being awarded for diversification of the investment portfolio of a company with Romanian capital, a prize that rewards the efforts and exceptional results of the Group which has not only consolidated its business over the years, but also expanded and diversified its activity both at national and international level.

Anca Simionescu, General Manager of Niro Investment Group, received the award on behalf of the company and conveyed a message from the entire Niro team:

“We are very proud of this award, some of my colleagues are here tonight. We see this award as a recognition of the course of our company, which started as a small family business in 1993, and during three decades we managed to become a strong investment group with a vast portfolio. We are deeply Romanian, we are a company with 100% Romanian capital, we have values ​​and we believe in the Romanian economy. We want to put Romania on the international map and we want to be able to do it in the shortest possible time.”

Along with Niro, Orange Romania, Vodafone Romania, Mercedes-Benz Romania, BCR, CEC Bank, Samsung Romania, Profi, Bucharest Stock Exchange, Roca Investments also received special awards.

This year, the special guest of the ZF Gala was Ian Goldin, professor at the Department of Globalization and Development at Oxford University, who discussed how the Western world will look after the current global economic and political crisis, about the trends that will mark the next decade, as well as about Romania’s place and role in the current and future global context.

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Niro Investment Group awarded the business champions at the Capital Elite Companies Gala

Niro Investment Group partnered with the Capital Elite Companies Gala, a prestigious and traditional event of the Romanian business community, organized by Capital business magazine.

The ceremony celebrating the elite companies that stood out through their performance in business, thus contributing to the development of the Romanian economy, was attended by representatives of the awarded companies, as well as by leaders from various business sectors that have been included in the Capital Top 300 Companies yearbook.

Valentin Macovescu, communications director of Niro Investment Group, handed the awards for the champions of the Logistics category to the representatives of the Romanian Post, Alexander International Holding and the Aquila company.

I would like to thank Capital magazine for inviting us. I represent Niro Investment Group, a company with almost 30 years of expertise in investments, real estate development and asset management, with a portfolio that includes shopping and logistics centers, office buildings and residential projects. In recent years, Niro focused on the hospitality industry, developing several  large-scale projects that will bring for the first time to Romania luxury hotel brands such as Corinthia and Swissotel, or which will put Romania on the map of international luxury tourism, with the first Romanian hotel project developed abroad, in the Maldives“, Valentin Macovescu said.

The ceremony was also attended by Raluca Mihăescu, Portfolio Hospitality Manager, Ana Olteanu, Project Management Director and Șerban Dimitriu, Investment Manager, Niro Investment Group

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Niro Investment Group, main partner of the ZF Malls and Shopping Centers 2022 conference

Niro Investment Group was a main partner of the ZF Malls and Shopping Centers 2022 conference, organized by Ziarul Financiar at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bucharest.

A landmark event of the real estate industry, the conference brought together real estate developers, shopping center owners, experts in the field and other representatives of the business environment. Every year, the ZF Malls and Shopping Centers conference provides an accurate x-ray of the modern retail and shopping centers market, capturing the main developments and trends in the industry. This year’s edition focused on the revival of the traditional trade, after restrictions imposed by the pandemic have been lifted. In this context, the speakers discussed about the expansion plans in the sector, about new areas on which investments will focus on, as well as about the new trends in consumer retail services.

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Anca Simionescu, the new General Manager of Niro Investment Group

Niro Investment Group, one of the main business groups in Romania, established in 1993 and specialized in investments and real estate asset management, announces the appointment of Anca Simionescu as General Manager, with the role of coordinating and developing the group’s investment projects both locally and internationaly.

With over 15 years of experience in the commercial and residential real estate investment market, asset management and business development, Anca Simionescu is a graduate of the Faculty of Robotics of the Polytechnic University of Bucharest and holds a master’s degree in the same field from Osaka University, as well as an MBA in real estate mergers and acquisitions from Harvard Business School. As a member of the management teams of companies such as Skanska Romania, Forte Partners and Lion’s Head, Anca Simionescu has successfully coordinated landmark real estate projects in Bucharest.

At the beginning of her career, Anca Simionescu was part of the Niro Investment Group team, coordinating the development of Central Residential Park, the first condominium residential real estate project in Romania and a symbol of modern Bucharest.

I am delighted to join again the Niro Investment Group team and contribute to consolidating the development stage the Group has recently stepped in, by extending its activities and investments both nationally and abroad. Thanks to the bold projects developed over three decades, the activity of Niro Investment Group has become synonymous with entrepreneurial success. Therefore, I will use every opportunity to ensure that we will maintain the demanding standards at the same high level in this new stage of transformation that the company is going through“, said Anca Simionescu, General Manager of Niro Investment Group.

From her new position, Anca Simionescu is responsible for shaping, implementing and developing the Niro Investment Group’s strategy on the local and international market, as well as for identifying new business opportunities and expansion areas for the Group’s activity.

Niro Investment Group is currently in a new development stage, which includes as well expansion to international markets. The Group’s first major international investment is the development of a luxury resort in the Maldives. This project complements the large-scale projects already underway in Romania, such as Corinthia Grand Hotel Boulevard Bucharest or Swissôtel Bucharest, two premium hotel brands brought for the first time in Romania by Niro Investment Group.

With 30 years of experience in real estate investments, development and management, Niro Investment Group has a portfolio of projects totaling 500,000 square meters built and investments worth over 400 million euros. The projects developed and managed by Niro Investment Group include the largest commercial hub in Southeast Europe – the Red Dragon, office buildings, residential projects and hotels.